Chicken pecking other Chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mr Potatoes, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. Mr Potatoes

    Mr Potatoes Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2016
    Hello! The past couple days, I've noticed that one of my hens has started pecking at another hen, around the face. The hen that is being pecked at was being broody, and I'm still trying to break that. They're about the same size and appearance. It is pretty cold where I live, so I've had them inside more than usual. The coop dimensions are roughly about 5 by 6 (feet). This worries me because whenever I try to get the hen to move out of the box to get some food/water, she gets pecked at. Does anyone know what's going on, and/or how to stop it? Thanks!
  2. dragonthehunter

    dragonthehunter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2016
    New brunswick Canada
    Its just what chickens do
    the pecking order
  3. Mr Potatoes

    Mr Potatoes Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2016
    I'm not sure that she's getting enough food/water though, how do I fix that?
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2016
    Yes, it is the pecking order but lets not forget cannibalism is a big problem in flocks.

    There are many "Boredom Busters" for chickens.This will keep the other chickens busy and will decrease fighting by a little.You can hang a cabbage,Give them a dust bath area.

    Put some straw outside of the coop and they will go out.
  5. tassiehens

    tassiehens Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 5, 2016
    Yesterday two of my hens, who are about six, started fighting with each other like when roosters fight each other. They were clucking at each other and both of their heads were covered in blood, with just shallow wounds on the comb. The one that seemed to be being picked on by the other has been broody lately. Is this the pecking order too?
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2016
  6. Still open up the coop to the run and allow them out.......Put some straw down in the run to walk on.....Stress causes pecking as does boredom.......


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